The title comes from a series of drawings Winslow Homer made
after the war for Harper's Weekly. These featured a Civil War veteran, such
as "The empty sleeve at the beach", "The empty sleeve in
the mountains", etc., where the veteran was called by his obvious "badge
of honor". I also have a CDV called just that, "The
Empty Sleeve", which follows this CDV in the Civil War Photograph
"The Empty Sleeve"
These two former Union soldiers are very proud of their sacrifice, as well
they should be. The carte-de-visite was taken in the 1870s, and the man
on the left is wearing the Medal of Honor-style Grand Army of the Republic
membership badge. This style badge, known as the "Type 3 Badge",
was replaced with the more common style in 1880, although the Type 3 could
be worn as long as the veteran desired. The later style is shown in several
photos on this site.
Enlarged to 400%
Will someone please tell me what type of musket that is?
Write me at 38lyons38@earthlink dot net
(anti-spam, replace word "dot" with actual dot).